Young Adult; Reign of Shadows Book One
Destiny and darkness collide in this romantic, sweeping new fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan.
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.
But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.
With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.
In the first book of this adventurous young adult series, we’re introduced to a world that has gone dark. An eclipse changed the world 17 years ago, throwing the entire world into near constant darkness. And in that darkness, a different world began. A world where the darkness is something to be feared, for there are creatures that hunt you and one drop of their toxin ends you. It’s in this world that Luna was born into, and she’s always been shrouded in this darkness. Locked into a tower for her safety, she craves the Outside, to feel the world outside of her small, little confines. When she defies the rules and comes across the enigmatic Fowler, her world forever changes.
I fell in love with the world in this story. So unique and challenging, yet interesting and filled with possibilities to explore. Our heroine may not be an actual warrior, but her spirit encapsulates it. Her weaknesses are her strengths, and she’s a brave young woman battling both herself and the world around her. And in this darkness, she still holds such incredible light within her, and it shines through her constantly in her actions and thoughts. Her light becomes a beacon for Fowler, who has suffered one too many times that he’s no longer fazed by loss or circumstance. He’s a lone man with nothing to lose. When Luna and Fowler are forced to become allies, their equal footing becomes the start to a beautiful relationship that has a perfectly composed slow-burn. Her innocence is pure and kind, bringing forth goodness from him.
REIGN OF SHADOWS was a great first book in the series. It created this world and circumstance in a way that you could follow and understand, even if it wasn’t always given to you in words. Their tale is a long one, riddled with battle and fear and triumph, but it showed the journey of these two characters perfectly. Luna didn’t need a savior, but she welcomed a friend; that is the most beautiful take-away of all. I loved Fowler’s deep heart and Luna’s sense of will; they fit together so well that it was a joy to read their tale. Mostly, Luna was a truly enjoyable YA heroine that was an inspiration. I can’t wait for the next book.
*Ends in a cliffhanger*
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.